Report: Dana White Targeting Nick Diaz-Lyoto Machida Bout
By FCF Staff
A day after Dana White relayed he would love to see Lyoto Machida fight Vitor Belfort at 185 pounds, the UFC President is reporting that he’s inquired with Nick Diaz, whether he’d be interested in fighting Machida. White reportedly relayed the news at a Q&A session Wednesday in Boston, where this Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 26 card will be held.
According to a report from MMA Junkie.com, White reiterated that he would like to see Machida fight Belfort, but that the latter “wants to make his own fights.” The ZUFFA executive also said that there’s been no word yet from Diaz as to whether he’s interested in fighting Machida.
Belfort has been campaigning for a middleweight title shot for sometime, but since champion Chris Weidman and Anderson Silva won’t fight again until December 28th, the veteran could wait a year or so before fighting again. As a result, Belfort has said he’s willing to fight in the meantime, but not at 185 pounds.
Machida has said for sometime now that a move to middleweight could be possible, and following his controversial, unanimous decision loss to Phil Davis at UFC 163, he could decide the time is right.
Diaz, meanwhile, has not fought since he was defeated by Georges St. Pierre in March. After the loss, the outspoken fighter said he was not interested in fighting again, unless it was a big name bout with an established star like Silva or GSP.